Graeme McDowell yesterday paused in his effort to "dig" his way out of a form slump and paid a visit to Congressional, where he'll defend his US Open title in just six weeks' time.
McDowell had the weekend off to work on his game after missing last week's cut at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the third time he has failed to make the weekend in his last four outings -- a stretch which includes Bay Hill and the US Masters.
"I've been off the boil for a couple of months," he admitted at yesterday's US Open media day at Congressional. "The season got off to a decent start, but I'm certainly experiencing the rougher side at the minute. I haven't been happy with my game, my long game especially."
"It was all so easy there at the end of last season and at the start of this year, I was making top-fives and top-10s for fun. Yet this game can beat you up sometimes and I'm certainly appreciating the good times now. You've got to enjoy them and I'm glad I did last year."
"Yet I am looking forward to the challenge of digging my way out of this again, getting back to playing well and contending in golf tournaments again.
"Every now and then you need a bit of a kick in the butt in this game and I feel I've had that the last couple of months."